When, due to the well-meaning fears of parents, a high school social studies teacher is charged with teaching communism, she explains why she teaches about communism and why she believes it important that students know the facts about subjects they discuss in current event.
January 15, 2012 Subject:
Interesting little film dramatizing the plight
of a high school teacher charged with "teaching Communism" in her class, when what she was doing was teaching ABOUT communism so students would be better prepared to combat it. The idiot parents
making the chages, and the equally stupid board of education, can't figure out the difference. Thgis kind of thing was all too common during the McCarthy period when the film was made. Sufice it to say, the dolts depicted in this film would no doubt be "Tea Party" types today. There's no dope like a right-wing dope.
November 28, 2010 Subject:
pretty darn good
ok, kinda hokey and the overall scene background is sorta dull, but considering the date it was made (52), the issues mentioned were really relevent then and, as already mentioned, today.
November 13, 2004 Subject:
"Mr Ganus is wanted in the meeting room please"
Quite similar to "An American Girl", "Freedom To Learn" is all about prejudice. A School teacher is hauled in front of a School Board because a parent found her daughter's notebooks to be all about Communism. The mother, shocked at this, takes it to the school teacher, then ultimately to the school board. The social studies teacher is hauled in front of students, teachers and parents and then of course makes The Big Speech that she wasn't teaching Communism of course, but ABOUT communism, and comparing it to the Great U.S. of A! So, what we have here of course, is a teacher from the Clifton L. Ganus Junior High School. We are left to wonder what will happen to the teacher (amazingly), but what I want to know, is how come the student with the Communism notes in her notebook didn't have the democratic notes as well? Do I smell COMMIE there???
November 8, 2004 Subject:
Go on learning
Watch it - learn from it.
The freedom to learn does not stop when graduating from school or university. The freedom to learn is for the whole live - unfortunately the freedom to learn includes the freedom not to learn. Sad but true.
November 4, 2004 Subject:
Mrs. Orin, the social studies teacher, is in hot water... she's been teaching her students about Communism! Time to get a witch hunt school board meeting together!
Poor Mrs. Orin tries to get it though their thick, reactionary skulls that she doesn't advocate Communism, but she encourages her students to get the facts on the issue, which will lead them to make the right decision. Will it be good enough?
Still relevant today, especially in light of the fact that in the film itself it brings up such controversial topics in other classes, like Evolution vs. Bible Creation, and Labor vs. Management problems. Mrs. Orin also points out that in America, we have the Freedom to Learn, whereas in the USSR (and Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), the government decided what was "right" to teach.
Left on a hopeful cliffhanger, "Freedom to Learn" could be shown as a double-bill with Despotism as part of an ongoing struggle that Americans must always face.